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Re: Calling all CBT specialists - Matt? Budgie

Posted by Dinah on August 16, 2003, at 14:03:03

In reply to School shy, fear rejection, posted by Budgie on August 15, 2003, at 21:04:16

Hi Budgie,

I think that for most anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, Cognitive Behavior Therapy has a lot to offer. I largely got my obsessive compulsive disorder under control with CBT techniques.

Probably for social anxiety, there'd be some challenging of distorted beliefs. (for example, what do you think others think of you? or are you catastrophizing the possible outcomes of social interactions? etc.) Then there would be some anxiety tolerance techniques, like breathing, etc. to get you through the social situations. All leading to helping you engage socially even when you're afraid. As you have positive experiences, your anxiety should diminish.

Of course, I'm hung over from Seroquel this morning so I may have gotten it all messed up. Perhaps some other posters might have more helpful suggestions.

Does your therapist do any CBT work?




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